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Hello,

Almost three weeks ago a newborn puppy was brought to us (umbelical corde included) frozen  and thought to be dead. We live in the arctic and the temperature was around - 40. Long story short, we've been taking care of the pup since, she seemed to be doing quite well. Putting on weight, eating and sleeping well. The tip of her tail which had been blackened from frostbite now seems to be infected, I am quite concerned about this since I've read it could be wet gangrene. We have cleaned the area with boiled salt water (cooled) and applied an antibiotic ointment. She also seems to have a clear runny nose. We are in an isolated community accessible by plane only, no vet in town, and no pet medicine available unless ordered online. When we decided to try and save her, we knew it was a long shot. I would appreciate any advice on how to deal with this considering the fact that we do have much access to basic first aid for pets. She's recovered great so far considering the difficulties she has faced since birth... Thank you for your kind advice.

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It could be gangrene and the treatment would definitely be challenging without hospital aid. If the infection gets into the blood stream, otherwise termed as sepsis,it will be dangerous.The line of therapy is intravenous antibiotic therapy and of course removal of the infected tissue to avoid sepsis.
I understand your limitation and would advise to start oral antibiotics so as to fight infection.Antibiotics like Penicillin,Clindiamycin,Cephaiosporins etc would be beneficial.But these are all prescription medicines.
The present nursing being given is fine, I may recommend  Metronidazole ointment/gel to be applied on the area, since the organisms causing these type of infections are mostly anaerobic.
I express my inability to go any further in this regard. Wish you all the best in your endeavor.

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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